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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown AleNew Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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Reviews by littleshamrocks:
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

A: Dark brown with mahogany highlights in color, with a large frothy tan head that lingers and leaves behind streaks of sticky lace. Nice clarity.

S: Roasted malts in the nose with noticeable sweetness. Dark fruity esters reminiscent of raisins and hints of rye. Very pleasing aroma.

T&M: Medium to full body with strong/ full roasted malt character. Starts off smooth and then lets loose with some sweetness in the middle, followed by a burst of roasted malt and raisin flavors in the finish. Also picked up some caramel malt, brown sugar, and pancake syrup notes.

D: Let me start by saying that I like this beer. It is one of the fullest flavored brown ales that I have had the pleasure of drinking. New Holland scores big with this winter seasonal.

04-03-2009 22:02:51 | More by littleshamrocks
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured into a standard pint a medium to dark brown with a weel defined half finger head that held well,aromas I picked up were some light brown sugar and a tinge of roast.Flavors started out with a bit of dark fruit and brown sugar but a sour note came out of nowhere and hijacked the palate,really an unpleasant finish to a nice start.I always hope to really like beer from the breweries I came to enjoy as a craft beer novice,most of wich are from Michigan,but this just wasnt that great.

12-13-2010 21:27:01 | More by oberon
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-01-2014 13:19:08 | More by Turbo
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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a deep brown, oak color with a head that is whiter than you may expect. Head retained for a short time and little lacing was left on the glass. This beer smells very nutty, woody, and grainy, with slight hints of toasted malts and maybe even a bit of cocoa beans. It has a very "warm" smell and is quite powerful on the nose. The taste is very nutty, earthy and grainy with a very mild bitter finish. Medium-thin bodied with a slick mouth feel, leaving a bit of a wet finish. Not much carbonation in this one.

Pretty good brown ale here, sure to compliment a cold winter day very nicely.

09-25-2012 15:42:29 | More by tectactoe
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-11-2012 01:20:39 | More by J2L
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-18-2012 17:10:00 | More by bdkucharski
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

02-22-2014 22:36:42 | More by sabitu
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-15-2012 03:43:33 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

08-25-2012 03:20:29 | More by BK2084
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-07-2012 20:29:33 | More by WuAnquo1
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-13-2014 23:36:02 | More by chip26
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-30-2013 14:46:42 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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5/5  rDev +37%

11-27-2013 22:37:13 | More by TBaldwin
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

A- Deep dark brown with one inch of orangey tanned leather colored head.

S- A harsh ash character with a lot of fruity sweetness as well. Seems like a harsh porter, not what I was expecting.

T- The harshness of the nose is much more refrained into a moderate smokey and roast ash flavor that blends with a chocolaty caramel character that's nice. It's a lot like a cross between a porter and an English brown ale but there isn't the hoppiness I expect from an American brown.

M- Pretty thick and syrupy with medium to low carbonation, pretty on point for a porter but a bit heavy for this sweeter version. Still fills the mouth nicely and goes down easily.

D- This is a nice beer that might not adhere to a specific style well but is a nice in between of a more roasty porter and a sweeter brown.

02-03-2012 23:49:14 | More by Guden
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-16-2013 21:53:46 | More by megamass
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3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with nice light tan cap and some minor lacing lines.

Smell: Pretty sweet, with lots of caramel and fruitiness (plum, raisins, cherry). Maybe a touch of rye, and dry spices from the hops.

Taste: Very sweet upfront, with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and cherry. Toward the finish there is a light nuttiness and spiciness, which leads to a noble hop aftertaste. A medicinal aftertaste also develops after a while, which really starts to bother me.

Feel: Medium to full body with relatively low carbonation. Finish is a little dry despite the initial sweetness.

Overall: Pretty much as expected for a Brown Ale that has an elevated alcohol content. However, the finishing hops don't mesh with the malts and the medicinal aftertaste is a major issue. Decent.

11-13-2011 22:49:18 | More by bsp77
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-19-2012 22:41:22 | More by iparules
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

08-04-2013 08:48:41 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2013 01:34:59 | More by elBecko
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-20-2011 15:20:58 | More by rwilde
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Another Michigan beer, let's see how this American Brown weighs in with my favorites. Pours a very nice velvet texture with a brown ruby highlighted huee with a big khaki tan head forming thick. Fine speckled lacing scattered sporadically. Aroma has a nice fruity roasted malt character going on, slightly nutty with some hints of dark chocolate. A touch of alcohol in both the nose and the palate. Flavor is a bit astringent with alcohol and dark roasted malts bring out a hint of raisin and mild dark chocolate notes. Finishes dry with some herbal hop finish, maybe a hint of pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied moderate carbonation with a fittingly dry finish not overly sweet enough hops and alcohol to balance out the malt sweetness. Overall maybe one of the better beers out of their seasonals up in New Holland, I'm typically not crazy about their beers but this isn't half bad.

01-04-2012 02:32:52 | More by WVbeergeek
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

02-08-2014 03:28:00 | More by Rosethoj
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-26-2012 18:10:49 | More by vfalstad
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Had this on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Washington DC.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top leaving not very much in the lacing department.

Smells of lightly roasted malts, not quite as sweet as toasted malts but not as heavy as roasted malts in a stout/porter. There's also a hint of smokiness and buttery malts that make their way out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit less complex. Lightly roasted malts kick things off, then sweeten up as the malt flavor becomes a bit more buttery. Not much else happens, and there's a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but still manages to go down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could have more than one of these, but I'm not sure that I want to.

Overall this is right in the middle of the road with browns. There's nothing that really sticks out as above average, though in the same vein nothing sticks out as less than average. Worth a shot if you're into browns.

02-14-2009 19:32:14 | More by glid02
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

02-26-2014 17:48:55 | More by JIMTRK16
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New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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